'There was no need to wait any longer'

For Marcus Ginyard, it really came down to one thing.

"Just talking to Coach (Roy) Williams and the relationship between myself and him and the rest of the staff," said the Bishop O'Connell (Va.) junior.

Ginyard took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, along with his family, about two weeks ago and decided that he wanted to commit to North Carolina shortly thereafter.

"We came to the decision and realized that there was no need to wait any longer," he added. "We didn't want any colleges to waste any time.

"In talking with Coach Williams, my family felt comfortable with what they are going to do and the North Carolina program."

Somehow, despite a news conference being set up for Friday afternoon at the school, worked didn't leak out beyond the local media.

"No one outside of the family knew about where I was going until about three days ago," Ginyard said. "That's when my coaches found out."

Ginyard chose the Tar Heels over Duke, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. He told UNC assistant Steve Robinson about an hour prior to the 4 p.m. news conference.

"I still haven't talked to Coach Williams," he said. "I have to call him tonight when he gets back to his hotel room in Puerto Rico."

Ginyard is a young man who is tough to define by position at this juncture in his career so instead of putting a label on him, UNC recruited him for what he is: a perimeter player.

"Roy Williams really stressed that it was perimeter and not one [position]. Depending on the lineup he feels that I'm versatile enough to be moved to the three positions. He told me that they wouldn't recruit another perimeter player in my class."

Of course, Ginyard was a high school teammate of Brian Johnson at O'Connell last season. Last week, Johnson transferred from O'Connell to Oak Hill. The natural question is this: will tomorrow bring a third commitment in a row for the Heels?

Ginyard didn't have any information to offer on the subject of attending UNC together so it looks like it'll just be he and Smith for now. "I personally don't know [about Johnson]. I'm not involved with his recruitment at all. We both knew in our minds that it's a possibility but Brian and I never talked about doing it together."

So, two days, two commitments for the Tar Heels. The latest one still has two seasons of high school basketball remaining and he's looking forward to the upcoming year.

"I'm just going to focus on my year. It's going to be a little more challenging for me now that people know I'm the guy going to North Carolina."

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